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Senior Administrators' Pay Up 1.4%

February 21, 2011

The median base salary increase for senior administrators in 2010 was 1.4 percent, up from no increase at all in 2009, according to data released today by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

The gains in salaries were not universal, however. The median salary at public colleges and universities once again showed no increase. For private institutions, the increase was 2.0 percent. With a gain in the Consumer Price Index of 1.6 percent during the period studied by CUPA, that means that senior administrators at private institutions saw modest gains on top of inflation, while their public counterparts lost ground.

The only sector in which senior administrators in public colleges saw any increase in median base salary was at community colleges, where the increase was 0.4 percent. At private institutions, the biggest gains were also at two-year institutions (up 3.0 percent), although there are very few private associate-degree institutions. Among other nonprofit sectors, the median salary was up 2.3 percent at private doctoral institutions and 2.0 percent at both master's and baccalaureate institutions.

The base salaries continue to favor those at some institutions over others, with few surprises. The presidents of doctoral granting institutions earn more than twice as much as those at community colleges (medians of $385,000 vs. $167,895). Master's and baccalaureate institutions are in the middle and close to one another, at $250,000 and $241,488, respectively.

Among deans, it pays to be in the professions. The median is $437,040 for medical deans, $298,710 for dentistry deans, and $278,454 for law deans. Those medians are far higher than those for divinity ($93,133) and for humanities ($109,109).

CUPA's findings are based on data it collected on 78,118 job incumbents in public and private institutions nationwide. Salaries were reported by 1,256 institutions for 284 positions, mostly at the director level and above. On the summary table that follows, an * indicates that there were not enough people in the job category to make a median figure meaningful. Full reports may be ordered from the association.

Median Salaries of Senior Administrators, by Sector, 2010

Job Title All Doctoral Master's Baccalaureate Associate
Senior Exec & Chief Functional Officers
--CEO of Syst/District $322,700 $425,000 $266,100 * $252,343
--Ex Asst/Chief Staff for CEO Syst/Dist 121,553 121,288 92,098 * 122,847
--CEO of Single Institution 248,000 385,000 250,000 241,488 167,895
--Ex Asst/Chief Staff CEO Single Inst 99,013 129,273 99,011 85,000 76,356
--Exec VP/Vice Chancellor 182,835 291,664 175,100 136,500 144,871
--Secretary of the Institution 85,573 172,125 73,468 84,498 66,029
--Chief Acad Affairs Officer & Provost 164,000 275,000 168,150 145,000 118,645
--Chief Research Officer 203,535 224,500 136,035 126,434 111,449
--Chief Technology Transfer Officer 157,541 164,800 127,725 * *
--Chief Business Officer 162,828 228,762 163,432 144,787 115,242
--Chief Administration Officer 141,917 200,640 134,890 121,408 116,495
--Chief Financial Officer 140,000 194,000 131,983 118,261 110,700
--Chief Investment Officer 178,675 216,000 102,577 177,500 *
--Chief Planning Officer 121,550 164,409 102,457 121,992 108,923
--Chief Budget Officer 106,100 129,482 96,123 95,000 88,185
--Chief Planning & Budget Officer 143,789 169,838 129,273 97,386 *
--Chief Legal Affairs Officer 168,210 196,781 144,263 154,515 134,222
--Chief HR Officer 100,254 150,000 96,408 84,592 91,897
--Chief Information Officer 122,228 200,000 115,579 104,848 101,075
--Chief Phys Plant/Facilities Officer 102,124 150,338 99,515 86,179 82,059
--Chief Accounting Officer/Comptroller 98,840 138,100 94,828 86,050 88,902
--Chief Health Professions Officer 295,896 525,000 151,020 104,511 105,039
--Chief Admin, Hospital/Med Center 410,000 517,920 * * *
--Chief Student Affairs/Life Officer 124,125 186,000 126,250 108,386 103,346
--Chief Admissions Officer 87,000 110,031 81,918 83,300 71,379
--Chief, Enrollment Mgt Officer 120,560 150,866 124,196 110,921 85,285
--Chief External Affairs Officer 150,681 197,000 141,499 139,330 125,311
--Chief Development Officer 144,950 231,300 145,913 138,322 95,291
--Chief PR Officer 100,776 157,068 92,350 90,000 83,382
--Chief Development & PR Officer 141,746 222,000 141,823 123,450 84,565
--Chief Audit Officer 101,013 118,525 84,460 91,910 86,700
--Chief Diversity Officer 102,447 139,005 91,337 88,771 91,567
Academic Deans
--Dean, Agriculture 208,440 223,300 115,441 * *
--Dean, Architecture 185,544 199,796 137,496 * *
--Dean, Arts & Letters 120,340 180,164 125,000 104,167 90,579
--Dean, Arts & Sciences 138,723 210,000 129,918 110,373 86,279
--Dean, Biological & Life Sciences 115,787 189,000 128,000 102,542 76,863
--Dean, Business 159,112 268,359 150,000 120,000 87,148
--Dean, Computer & Info Sciences 131,128 202,500 154,050 * 84,400
--Dean, Continuing Education 107,534 149,795 110,000 88,664 92,735
--Dean, Cooperative Extension 143,666 170,652 * * *
--Dean, Dentistry 298,710 313,650 * * *
--Dean, Divinity / Theology 93,133 159,500 95,126 79,665 *
--Dean, Education 131,128 184,500 125,000 90,945 86,237
--Dean, Engineering 213,119 240,933 169,298 116,825 81,312
--Dean, External Degree Programs 95,500 123,165 95,500 * 85,467
--Dean, Family & Consumer Sci 181,624 183,325 * * *
--Dean, Fine Arts 127,726 179,340 124,373 109,661 89,880
--Dean, Forestry & Environ Studies 185,480 194,950 * * *
--Dean, Gov/Pub Affairs/Pub Policy 201,211 227,706 * * *
--Dean, Graduate Programs 135,000 170,350 116,410 96,000 *
--Dean, Health-Related Profs 121,340 184,500 132,578 113,232 90,125
--Dean, Honors Program 123,198 129,980 102,000 * *
--Dean, Humanities 109,109 188,600 120,200 85,550 88,289
--Dean, Instruction 93,848 * * 100,000 92,425
--Dean, Journalism & Mass Comm 169,200 194,500 130,560 * 94,800
--Dean, Law 278,454 289,800 248,545 261,250 *
--Library Dean 124,750 159,884 110,806 90,000 92,383
--Dean, Mathematics 93,646 128,391 128,000 * 86,869
--Dean, Medicine 437,040 437,286 * * *
--Dean, Music 157,331 186,116 107,000 * *
--Dean, Nursing 133,820 192,824 120,084 98,201 85,000
--Dean, Occup Studies/Voc Ed/Techn 93,879 135,000 134,396 110,048 90,011
--Dean, Performing Arts 140,814 211,630 138,075 * *
--Dean, Pharmacy 212,097 230,000 195,674 192,950 *
--Dean, Public Administration 149,816 218,000 * * *
--Dean, Public Health 285,500 295,576 * * *
--Dean, Sciences 131,250 207,000 130,000 97,651 81,950
--Dean, Social Sciences 104,721 197,272 124,182 70,958 85,945
--Dean, Social Work 176,819 200,000 103,820 * *
--Dean, Special Programs 90,425 * 80,000 90,202 87,824
--Dean, Undergraduate Programs 130,488 163,136 107,500 100,500 *
--Dean, Veterinary Medicine 225,242 225,242 * * *
--Multiple Academic Disciplines 112,884 196,460 114,793 102,400 91,673
Associate/Assistant Academic Deans
--A/A Dean, Agriculture 137,957 143,322 * * *
--A/A Dean, Architecture 106,243 107,494 * * *
--A/A Dean, Arts & Letters 98,928 115,306 95,813 * *
--A/A Dean, Arts & Sciences 100,837 119,390 92,088 95,187 71,400
--A/A Dean, Bio & Life Sci 111,326 131,586 95,000 * *
--A/A Dean, Business 125,004 153,131 115,759 91,977 74,840
--A/A Dean, Comp & Info Sci 121,029 145,270 127,567 * *
--A/A Dean, Continuing Ed 82,000 96,935 77,276 76,568 68,515
--A/A Dean, Coop Extension 148,670 148,941 * * *
--A/A Dean, Dentistry 164,764 159,656 * * *
--A/A Dean, Divinity / Theology 83,414 80,306 82,590 * *
--A/A Dean, Education 100,215 114,052 93,341 76,441 *
--A/A Dean, Engineering 135,431 142,958 112,860 95,000 88,488
--A/A Dean, Ext Degree Programs 94,375 * * * *
--A/A Dean, Family & Consum Sci 118,640 121,845 * * *
--A/A Dean, Fine Arts 87,237 98,220 84,331 * *
--A/A Dean, Forest & Envir Studies 113,752 124,296 * * *
--A/A Dean, Gov/Pub Affairs/Pub Pol 122,926 126,012 * * *
--A/A Dean, Graduate Prgrms 100,610 109,421 87,737 79,900 *
--A/A Dean, Health-Rel Profs 103,865 119,779 102,593 * 80,304
--A/A Dean, Honors Program 91,392 95,000 80,215 * *
--A/A Dean, Humanities 95,676 114,190 92,029 * 70,000
--A/A Dean, Instruction 85,419 * * * 87,019
--A/A Dean, Journ & Mass Comm 103,602 108,105 90,744 * *
--A/A Dean, Law 133,294 133,314 131,077 169,136 *
--Deputy Coll Librarian 90,772 100,457 79,319 * 66,409
--A/A Dean, Mathematics 94,597 * 103,060 * 79,514
--A/A Dean, Medicine 188,206 187,283 * * *
--A/A Dean, Music 90,000 89,994 87,663 * *
--A/A Dean, Nursing 107,675 121,875 98,100 94,436 86,910
--A/A Dean, Occ Stds/Voc Ed/Tech 82,470 105,648 94,276 * 79,741
--A/A Dean, Performing Arts 81,945 96,776 * * *
--A/A Dean, Pharmacy 133,017 137,811 128,394 * *
--A/A Dean, Public Admin 76,385 * * * *
--A/A Dean, Public Health 131,396 140,990 * * *
--A/A Dean, Sciences 114,690 132,133 104,608 * 86,700
--A/A Dean, Social Sciences 102,267 113,600 99,348 * 79,750
--A/A Dean, Social Work 98,000 103,239 * * *
--A/A Dean, Special Programs 70,800 81,534 * 73,636 *
--A/A Dean, Undergrad Programs 85,344 98,632 77,240 80,590 *
--A/A Dean, Veterinary Med 154,175 154,175 * * *
--A/A Dean, Multiple Acad Disciplines 96,237 * 92,750 78,361 *
Academic Affairs
--Vice Provost 149,591 181,107 128,537 119,500 111,777
--Assoc Provost 117,510 151,910 115,541 99,876 92,292
--Asst Provost 96,514 109,555 91,624 89,698 85,118
--Dir, Institutional Research 82,002 110,000 78,526 73,488 77,160
--Assoc Dir, Institutional Research 65,564 76,495 55,000 50,300 61,930
--Dir, International Education 80,000 104,169 75,967 70,960 74,176
--Dir, International Studies Ed 72,218 80,106 72,100 61,643 85,588
--Dir, Sponsored Research & Programs 93,600 113,386 83,222 79,799 77,403
--Dir, Continuing Education 74,814 101,000 73,905 65,400 70,681
--Senior Technology Licensing Officer 104,711 104,711 * * *
--Dir, Distance Learning 77,525 90,129 72,358 67,667 71,188
--Dir, Teaching Center 85,108 99,416 82,449 75,835 67,955
--Assoc/Asst VP for Research 155,229 158,478 110,000 * *
--Dir of Museums 96,815 120,000 80,505 98,750 73,375
--Education Abroad Director 69,500 76,735 63,727 71,219 *
--Dir/Dean Workforce & Career Develop 83,117 75,876 61,480 61,255 87,430
--Chief Op Officer (non-faculty), Med Sch 238,704 225,422 * * *
--Chief Financial Officer, Med Sch 186,000 195,406 * * *
--Chief Admissions Officer, Med Sch 92,298 118,074 * * *
--Chief Financial Aid Officer, Med Sch 64,728 67,787 * * *
--Chief Student Affairs Officer, Med Sch 154,307 156,825 * * *
--Chief Development Officer, Med Sch 146,610 154,788 * * *
--Chief IT Officer, Med Sch 132,123 120,489 * * *
--Chief Research Officer, Med Sch 212,880 228,048 * * *
--Chief Librarian, Med Sch 116,637 124,736 * * *
--Chief HR Officer, Med Sch 118,727 115,000 * * *
--Dir, Library Services 82,976 155,901 86,743 72,862 69,360
--Acquisitions Librarian 58,479 67,381 55,771 53,287 64,814
--Head, Technical Services 62,967 80,288 61,125 54,398 54,141
--Head, Public (Access) Services 59,648 79,397 58,017 53,287 53,828
--Head, Catalog & Metadata - Lev III 60,000 65,571 54,421 52,536 69,626
--Head, Collection Development 67,657 78,041 57,881 63,600 *
--Spec Collections Libr'n/Archivist 61,320 69,137 54,950 56,537 *
--Dir, Educational Media Services 65,393 83,015 67,134 56,747 67,360
--Dir, Learning Resources Center 61,095 78,886 60,205 54,000 60,986
--Assoc Dir, Admissions 55,608 64,787 53,000 50,302 52,000
--Dir, Admissions & Registrar 73,264 91,774 71,040 74,483 68,347
--Registrar 73,483 99,788 74,675 65,782 63,225
--Assoc Registrar 54,848 66,485 50,584 49,042 51,830
--Asst Registrar 42,886 50,348 41,943 39,136 40,726
--Dir, Admissions & Financial Aid 106,419 107,887 94,473 140,500 *
--Dir, Student Financial Aid 75,349 102,003 75,085 66,545 69,295
--Assoc Dir, Student Financial Aid 54,551 66,980 52,625 49,590 49,793
Business and Administrative Affairs
--Dir, Risk Mgt & Insurance 87,000 97,500 67,378 75,429 85,227
--Dir, Med Center PR/Ext Affairs 120,000 136,008 * * *
--Dir, Med Center HR 153,700 147,357 * * *
--Dir, University Research Park 148,317 158,188 143,197 * *
--Dir, Contracts & Grants 85,004 95,713 73,220 58,486 77,630
--Dir, College/University Press 98,940 111,872 78,134 * *
--College/Div Business Affairs Officer 93,840 100,389 84,050 63,941 103,677
--Director/Head of Title III Program 68,656 86,165 64,328 * 57,500
--Director/Head of Sustainability 75,000 85,850 73,524 64,399 *
--Assoc Budget Dir 82,500 92,665 75,068 74,270 80,697
--Asst Comptroller 74,160 91,995 71,342 63,500 63,929
--Restricted Funds Accountant 59,166 64,477 55,693 59,277 46,875
--Dir, Accounting 79,304 95,262 73,761 65,679 65,924
--Bursar 66,403 87,122 63,340 56,260 58,748
--Assoc/Asst Bursar 51,180 59,460 49,146 41,567 49,010
--Dir/Mgr, Payroll 61,892 80,024 56,400 49,020 61,253
--Dir, Purchasing/Materials Mgt 77,100 96,500 69,797 68,424 68,172
--Assoc Dir, Purch/Materials Mgt 66,674 72,058 59,673 48,892 63,066
--Dir, Auxiliary Services 89,846 119,033 84,870 83,617 76,343
--Dir/Mgr, Printing Services 54,952 71,936 51,896 44,508 52,554
--Dir/Mgr, Mail Services 46,776 55,117 44,946 41,000 57,956
--Dir, Bookstore 57,444 88,332 58,069 51,209 52,053
--Assoc Dir, Bookstore 47,997 65,054 43,729 41,976 49,256
--Dir, Food/Dining Services 84,794 104,823 79,029 77,819 65,133
--Assoc Dir, Food /Dining Services 70,027 74,889 61,200 58,732 *
--Dir, Environmental Health & Safety 84,429 100,619 71,400 67,361 66,188
--Dir, Campus Security/Safety 77,000 108,552 73,624 62,817 70,641
--Dir, Parking & Transportation 74,751 80,824 63,420 45,375 *
--Dir, Real Estate & Space Mgt 105,364 115,201 85,650 94,903 *
--Architect for the Institution 100,553 113,000 90,382 92,732 92,227
--Assoc Dir, Phy Plant/Facil Mgt 80,000 100,939 73,000 73,211 69,293
--Dir, Energy & Utilities 90,677 92,850 78,838 77,953 *
--Mgr, Landscape & Grounds 57,708 70,890 52,960 53,924 52,318
--Mgr, Building Maintenance Trades 64,324 76,850 59,936 57,992 62,753
--Mgr, Technical Trades 65,176 71,460 61,612 59,092 56,094
--Mgr, Custodial Services 54,030 66,231 51,191 47,900 54,137
--Mgr, Power Plant 68,008 76,373 64,780 62,650 *
Human Resources & Information Technology
--Assoc Dir, HR 74,254 90,901 68,350 68,279 69,535
--Dir/Mgr, Employee Benefits 67,000 81,134 61,565 55,587 62,480
--Dir/Mgr, Training & Development 74,600 78,900 65,353 78,231 72,994
--Dir/Mgr, Employee Relations 81,600 82,699 72,456 83,037 77,009
--Dir/Mgr, Labor Relations 90,449 98,102 78,946 * 80,569
--Dir/Mgr, Employment 66,898 76,461 59,992 57,500 62,269
--Dir/Mgr, Compens & Classification 78,915 83,311 67,301 80,000 75,336
--Dir/Mgr, HR Info Systems (HRIS) 74,323 82,818 63,578 64,500 75,042
--Dir, AA/Equal Employment 93,923 100,680 84,390 76,000 79,641
--Assoc Dir, AA/Equal Employment 71,400 71,495 68,505 * *
--Dir, HR & AA 81,130 97,000 82,758 77,125 78,392
--Dir, Disability Services 60,332 70,000 56,812 53,182 60,398
--Deputy Chief Info Officer 104,686 135,643 95,270 77,435 94,304
--Dir, Academic Computing 89,542 123,873 81,691 86,129 82,725
--Assoc Dir, Academic Computing 74,938 86,491 68,180 72,050 69,723
--Dir, Admin Computing 90,000 119,484 86,249 78,012 79,299
--Assoc Dir, Admin Computing 78,350 95,342 74,318 60,712 64,454
--Dir, Telecom/ Networking 89,471 107,590 82,000 80,134 83,226
--Dir, Enterprise Info Systems 96,305 115,000 89,556 88,269 86,434
--Dir, Research Computing 112,735 113,999 * * *
--Dir, Enterprise Data Center 94,325 99,965 83,000 86,700 90,221
--Dir, IT Security 92,982 104,498 82,729 69,000 76,804
--Dir, Instructional Technology 77,880 95,467 73,120 69,168 67,918
--Dir, User Services 74,146 93,276 67,670 64,739 69,103
--Dir, Info Mgt 88,048 93,500 86,655 64,275 81,350
--Principal Database Administrator 80,000 90,420 77,352 70,967 70,007
--Principal Systems Analyst 73,553 88,519 70,720 65,800 62,538
Athletics
--Dir, Athletics 98,086 206,550 98,880 83,190 67,975
--Assoc Athletics Dir 69,779 101,252 63,675 61,151 57,810
--A/A Athl Dir, Sports Info/Comm 47,066 61,396 45,602 41,814 *
--A/A Athl Dir, Men’s Athl Programs 74,485 137,721 51,500 58,338 *
--A/A Athl Dir, Women’s Athl Prgms 65,000 92,000 56,506 56,316 *
--A/A Athl Dir for Fin & Bus 80,184 99,000 60,000 72,100 *
--A/A Athl Dir for Operations 63,385 78,015 52,922 47,500 *
--A/A Athl Dir for Ext Affairs 77,256 92,227 63,700 48,874 *
--A/A Athl Dir for Devel 78,000 85,850 65,000 51,783 *
--A/A Athl Dir for Acad Affairs 66,402 73,813 57,410 * *
--A/A Athl Dir for Compliance 56,000 70,250 49,272 47,639 *
Student Affairs
--Assoc VP for Student Affairs 100,000 128,368 98,037 72,300 100,464
--Asst VP for Student Affairs 88,640 108,120 84,465 62,000 82,267
--Dean of Students 87,755 111,654 81,704 84,750 85,000
--Dir, Greek Life 47,285 54,762 40,994 40,830 *
--Dir, Foreign Students 58,865 72,493 55,978 49,178 57,052
--Dir, Campus Ministries 59,348 81,505 56,678 59,083 *
--Dir, Minority Affairs 60,155 72,532 59,634 52,765 53,265
--Dir, Conferences 60,176 76,944 57,902 54,097 77,424
--Dir, Woman’s Center 63,000 66,149 60,008 55,000 70,759
--Assoc/Asst Dir, Women's Center 47,000 47,000 45,829 * *
--Dir, Student Activities 55,608 70,000 53,313 47,255 59,195
--Asst Dir, Student Activities 41,844 48,738 40,000 38,976 44,366
--Dir, Campus Rec/Intramurals 64,500 80,727 56,198 51,358 *
--Asst Dir, Campus Rec/Intramurals 47,252 53,935 41,546 41,393 *
--Dir, Union & Student Activities 71,216 82,472 67,772 65,730 *
--Dir, Student Union 69,666 85,965 61,455 54,821 *
--Assoc/Asst Dir, Student Union 50,822 59,197 46,549 41,799 *
--Dir, Academic Advising 63,054 75,109 64,044 56,080 60,000
--Dir, Career Dev & Placement 66,157 87,362 63,982 57,644 59,373
--Dir, Student Academic Counseling 64,601 86,078 61,950 55,015 69,326
--Assoc Dir, Student Counseling 61,359 70,026 53,635 53,046 70,598
--Dir, Student Housing 65,000 92,770 62,103 54,290 48,542
--Assoc Dir, Student Housing 52,478 66,727 48,971 41,222 *
--Housing Officer/Admin Operations 58,435 65,000 47,445 42,099 *
--Housing Officer/Residence Life 45,438 61,500 45,683 39,577 36,502
--Dir, Student Health Srvcs (Physician) 151,840 167,640 135,402 126,883 *
--Dir, Student Health Srvcs (Nurse) 68,845 85,451 68,336 59,582 66,946
--Dir, Student Health Srvcs (Non Med) 86,280 104,850 74,790 81,315 *
--Dir, Counseling & Psych Srvcs 79,226 96,743 73,015 71,277 58,129
External Affairs
--Assoc/Asst VP/Chancellor for Devel 118,912 158,464 101,377 110,662 116,288
--Dir, Annual Giving 64,508 84,220 61,200 60,000 69,038
--Dir, Corporate/Foundation Relations 80,168 99,007 75,117 76,398 74,100
--Dir, Planned Giving 90,537 113,038 85,398 85,000 51,831
--Dir, Alumni Affairs 69,345 103,002 65,143 58,628 57,195
--Dir, Development & Alumni Affairs 73,635 104,454 75,000 68,230 59,380
--Dir, Major Gifts 87,588 115,000 79,560 84,920 66,300
--Dir, Devel for Instit School/College 80,190 86,001 65,043 78,831 77,606
--Dir, Donor Relations 63,800 72,933 57,427 57,000 63,299
--Dir, Adv Research/Prospect Mgt 65,467 75,250 58,270 62,291 *
--Dir, Governmental/Legislative Rel 125,000 145,469 102,701 92,620 103,174
--Dir, Federal Relations 124,800 128,825 * * *
--Dir, State Government Relations 108,000 109,873 97,055 * *
--Dir, Church Relations 60,649 * 65,293 58,924 *
--Dir, Community Services 62,815 89,301 56,977 54,036 63,000
--Dir, Publications 67,627 81,800 63,000 63,615 70,414
--Assoc Dir, Publications 56,419 61,604 52,104 51,253 65,605
--Dir, Information Office 69,650 89,100 66,415 62,072 61,167
--Dir, News Bureau/Service 67,506 79,185 59,987 60,990 70,848
--Dir, Marketing 78,510 94,000 75,879 69,949 74,952

 

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